Flew in to Miami Saturday evening and stayed at La Quinta Inn East. They offer a complimentary shuttle from airport to hotel as well as hotel to pier.
We had read that you can each bring on 12 cans of pop, as well as a bottle of wine in our carry on luggage. We took advantage of both as the extra charges really add up when you order drinks on board. (don't forget the cork screw).
The food was great. We had been booked under the 'Any time' dining in the Golden dining room. That turned out good, because some days we just weren't hungry at 6pm, and preferred to wait a little. The only downside is that you don't get to know your servers since you are often sitting at different tables.
Had breakfast in the dining room only once. Preferred the buffet for breakfast and lunch (on at sea days), and the dining room for dinner. Food was always great.
Rooms were big enough and were always clean.
The shows were okay. Loved the Illusionist and Hypnotist. The rest were just okay. Liked having comedians on board, but as always, some are better than others.
Didn't like the $20 cost for Bingo. Sure the prizes are big, but $20 for 3 short games? Liked it better years ago when you could play for less and for longer, just for the fun of it.
See Port Reviews for excursion details.